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Persuade Me When do you let your heart rule your head When it comes to love, Anna Elliot is stuck in the past No one can compare to Rick Wentworth, the man she gave up ten years ago at the insistence of her disapproving family What if she s missed her only chance for real happiness Since Anna broke his heart, Rick has moved on or so he thinks Out in Australia, he s worked hard to build a successful career and a solid wall around his feelingsThe words forgive and forget aren t in Rick s vocabulary The word regret is definitely in Anna s So, when they meet again on his book tour of England, it s an opportunity for closureBut memories intrude the pure sensuality of what they once shared, the pain of parting And she has to deal with another man from her past, while his celebrity status makes him the focus of unwanted attentionWith Anna s image obsessed family still ready to interfere and Rick poised to return to Australia, can she persuade him to risk his heart again This contemporary retelling of Jane Austen s last completed novel is the second book in Juliet Archer s Darcy Friends series, offering fresh insights into the hearts and minds of Austen s irresistible heroes Hmm Okay, how do I say this without sounding kinda crazy I accepted this for review, but I was really unsure of whether I was going to like it That makes me sound like a jackass, so let me explain it s contemporary and it has a gorgeous cover those are 2 things that put my guard up, because contemporary no matter how much excellent contemporary I read translates to fluff in my stubborn mind, and I ve been burned by the Pretty Cover Curse one to many times But I liked Juliet s excerpt Hmm Okay, how do I say this without sounding kinda crazy I accepted this for review, but I was really unsure of whether I was going to like it That makes me sound like a jackass, so let me explain it s contemporary and it has a gorgeous cover those are 2 things that put my guard up, because contemporary no matter how much excellent contemporary I read translates to fluff in my stubborn mind, and I ve been burned by the Pretty Cover Curse one to many times But I liked Juliet s excerpt last year, and talking about her with the book, so I was willing to accept it and hope for the best I mean it s so pretty But me hoping for the best is kinda laughable, so I was still a little nervous when I picked this up that I was going to read it, not like it, and then have to be a jerkface to the sweet Juliet.And Oh, me of little faith This was so good It s great chick lit without being fluffy or throw away, and I was amazed at how, simultaneously, Juliet was able to be very contemporary and modern, and still very faithful to the Persuasion There are some changes that areof a departure than others, but in a way that both worked for the story Juliet was telling, and as a logical modern extrapolation of the original There were so many times that I found myself thinking, Huh, that was a clever use of And because of this, it provided another layer of enjoyment that I wasn t expecting It works as a modern romance, it works as a Persuasion retelling, and it works as this sort of Easter egg filled nod to Jane and Janeites, with all of these little bits of really well plotted parallels to the stories Jane told.It s not just in plot points that Juliet was faithful, though For all their modern sensibilities, and the way their habits, interests and tendencies would have to be adapted to fit the setting, Archer s characters remained true at their core to the characters they were based on Take Mrs Clay, for example in Archer s version, she has wormed her way into the lives of Sir Walter and Lisa aka Elizabeth as a fake French masseuse who flatters the vanity of both Elliots and makes herself indespensible to them Her grasping, social climbing, using her wiles ways are a bitbold than Mrs Clay, but all thewell suited to a modern adaptation because of that She s still very much Mrs Clay, and everyone can see through her except those who need to it just works Similarly, Rick s treatment of Anna in the beginning, and his spiteful little thrill of pleasure the first time he sees her and she s looking worn down and messy things like this were a great interpretation of Persuasion, done in a way that makes rings true to the modern reader Twists like this were really clever and fun to me.Now, I ve talked a lot about how faithful this is, but I want to be clear, it s not just a regurgitation of Persuasion in a modern setting Archer did adapt some things and completely change some things, but she did so in a really sensible way that I don t think would much bother even most ardent, faithful Janeites This is not the chaste love story of Austen s time nor is that necessary or even very believable, in a modern setting This is very modern, and very relatable to today s audience even those who haven t read or, gasp didn t like, Austen , but most of all, it s just really readable I have a habit of not picking books up until late into the night, when I should be sleeping This book had me repeatedly questioning just how much sleep I really neededAll told, I m definitely going to be picking up Archer sThe Importance of Being Emmafor next year s Jane in June Oh the drama Anna Elliot and Wentworth were desperately in love, but oh so young Her father and godmother convinced her to leave him and pursue her education He was heartbroken and angry Years pass, he becomes a famous marine biologist and she gets a professorship where she teaches Russian lit They meet again He is on a book tour and is still angry She swings between wanting to see him and not wanting to see him She has never replaced him with someone else while he has tried to replace Oh the drama Anna Elliot and Wentworth were desperately in love, but oh so young Her father and godmother convinced her to leave him and pursue her education He was heartbroken and angry Years pass, he becomes a famous marine biologist and she gets a professorship where she teaches Russian lit They meet again He is on a book tour and is still angry She swings between wanting to see him and not wanting to see him She has never replaced him with someone else while he has tried to replace her Then his girlfriend dumps him Instead of trying to get back with Anna, he decides to get back AT Anna Lots of heartbreak, lots of misunderstandings He hasthan enough dramatic thoughts to qualify for a lead role in a Russian novel While she is muchlevel headed, but she also qualifies as a door mat quite often Good fanfic of one of my fav Jane Austen novels A second chance at romance comes for a pair One lives with regrets and the other some bitterness over their parting Jane Austen s Persuasion lives again in this modern retelling of the old classic second chances story.Persuade Me is book two in the Darcy and Friends series, but is can be read standalone or out of order.As with any modern retelling, I was immensely curious how the author would choose to both flesh out the classic and bring her own style into play The story does follow the clas A second chance at romance comes for a pair One lives with regrets and the other some bitterness over their parting Jane Austen s Persuasion lives again in this modern retelling of the old classic second chances story.Persuade Me is book two in the Darcy and Friends series, but is can be read standalone or out of order.As with any modern retelling, I was immensely curious how the author would choose to both flesh out the classic and bring her own style into play The story does follow the class closely, but there is a lot of fun and originality in the telling This was a sparkling romantic comedy in its own right.Anne as a Russian literature expert and Rick as a celebrity marine biologist was a fun twist It started out painful between this pair, but I loved the way things came along steadily as the past was viewed in a new light and the pair had an opportunity to get to know who they are now years later The romance wassweet, but there was a pinch of spice that worked well late in the story after all the miscues and fails.I found the surrounding cast of characters were written well Anne s sisters and dad were perfectly obnoxious and her best friend s fun William was smarmy as was Cleo the masseuse The Musgroves were a riot and I liked the bi play between Rick and his sister Sophie.All in all, I had a great time with this one and now want to pick up the others in the series Austen fans and those new to Austen, but like a cute second chance romance are the right audience.COYER Summer Birthday Bash Scavenger Hunt clue 29 a story without magic Dr Rick Wentworth, a successful marine biologist celebrity author, is preparing for his extensive seven week book tour in England, with a book provocatively titled, Sex in the Sea With a flourishing career, a modest amount of wealth and popularity, a supermodel girlfriend, and a very attractive physique, it would seem Rick has everything he has ever wanted But he doesn t He doesn t have Anna Elliot, who was persuaded by her family to give him up ten years ago and whose rejection still haunts Dr Rick Wentworth, a successful marine biologist celebrity author, is preparing for his extensive seven week book tour in England, with a book provocatively titled, Sex in the Sea With a flourishing career, a modest amount of wealth and popularity, a supermodel girlfriend, and a very attractive physique, it would seem Rick has everything he has ever wanted But he doesn t He doesn t have Anna Elliot, who was persuaded by her family to give him up ten years ago and whose rejection still haunts him all these years later Since Anna s rejection of him, Rick has let disappointment and resentment rule his heart, living by the motto never forgive, never forget Now returning to England, Rick wonders if their paths will cross, and if Anna Elliot will feel something like regret for giving up on the love they once hadAnna Elliot, a professor of Russian Literature does know regret In fact when she lectures about Anna Karenina and how she gave up everything for her lover, Anna Elliot feels deep regret for not doing the same ten years ago Instead of following her lover, Anna went to university, finished her studies and became a professor of Russian Literature Anna has learned to be content with her simple and comfortable life, yet deep in her heart she yearns to travel back in time, to the summer when she was eighteen and hopelessly in love with Rick Wentworth To continue reading, go to

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